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Overview of Federal Student Loans

Receiving a Federal Student Loan

The first step to receive a Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan is to complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA).

UTA will award your maximum loan eligibility as part of your award package, but you do not need to accept the entire amount. You can adjust the amount you want to accept on your MyMav account so you only borrow what you need. 

In order for your student loans to disburse into your MyMav account, you must:

  • Be enrolled in at least half-time credit hours in a degree-seeking program (Undergraduate students: 6 credit hours; Graduate students: 5 credit hours).
  • Sign a Master Promissory Note (if you are first-time student loan borrower at UTA or a previous MPN has expired).

Federal Student Loan Benefits

Some of the benefits of borrowing federal student loans include:

  • Most federal student loans do not require a credit check or cosigner.
  • Repayment on your federal student loans does not begin until after you graduate or fall below half-time enrollment status.
  • The interest rate on federal student loans is almost always lower than on privately-funded loans.

Responsible Borrowing

Before borrowing any student loans, it is important to understand your responsibilities as a borrower. Student loans are an investment in your future, but it is important to practice smart borrowing. We have resources available to help you with money management and student loan borrowing on our Loan Repayment page.

You can also watch the video below to learn more about student loans the responsible borrowing.